Favorite Vanilla Muffins

Last week I started a project Muffin Monday. Yesterday was Presidents Day and I took Monday off. But, I still made muffins. These are the best muffins ever, according to my wife. Suzi is not a pastry person, a morning muffin or biscuit person. Bagel? Sure! But...

Espresso and Nut Sponge Cake from Gizzi Erskine

Sometimes it is fun to confuse people. At her cooking school in New York City, Cooking by the Book, Suzi employs a staff of twenty with many professional chefs. We offered one of them, a superb dessert maven, a bite of this cake. He tasted, he smiled, then he scowled....

Sticky Barbecue Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing and Celery from Gizzi Erksine

The audacity: a cookbook writer from Great Britain tries to make hot chicken wings. The humbling: damn, these are as good as it gets. Not Buffalo, New York hot. Not quite, but the sweetness and stickiness more than compensate. For over a decade, Gizzi Erskine has...

TBT Cookbook Review: Coyote Cafe by Mark Miller

Yes, the book cover here is really beaten up. We have used this book frequently over the past 29 years. If you have a copy, maybe you have too. What do we owe Mark Miller? The creator of Coyote Café and other restaurants. The author of so many cookbooks that opened...

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Favorite Vanilla Muffins

Last week I started a project Muffin Monday. Yesterday was Presidents Day and I took Monday off. But, I still made muffins. These are the best muffins ever, according to my wife. Suzi is not a...

TBT Recipe: Chicken and Asparagus Pie

Now. Now is the time to strike out and make all those asparagus dishes you have been savoring since asparagus finally disappeared last summer. You’ve seen ideas since then, craved them, clipped...

Cookbook Review: Sweet Bake Shop

Diverse and delicious, with dough and decoration, Sweet Bake Shop will give you a new perspective on dessert baking. Tessa Sam founded the wonderful Sweet Bake Shop in Vancouver, British Columbia...

Cookbook Review: Mildreds Vegan

There is something for everyone in Mildreds Vegan. This new cookbook, by Daniel Acevedo and Sarah Wasserman, presents vegan recipes from the Mildreds chain of restaurant in London. If you are a...

Cookbook Review: bring it! by Ali Rosen

Sometimes if you judge a book by its cover, and its subtitle, you can miss some exciting nuances. The subtitle for bring it! Is: Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining. Ali...

TBT Recipe: Navarin of Lamb

I always check my iPhone for the current temperature before venturing out in the winter. There’s the “temperature” and then there is the “chill factor.” I live on a...

Strawberry and Prosecco Lemonade

      With strawberries available year-round, what can you do with them? On cold winter days, what better than cold strawberry lemonade. Spiked with Prosecco. Once made, we put the lemonade, not in...

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